President, PM congratulates Macron on election win

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Polish President Andrzej Duda, and PM Beata Szydło sent their congratulations to the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. “Mr President, please accept all the best wishes of success and prosperity to you personally and to France, as well as the French Nation under your leadership,” Duda said in a congratulatory letter, adding that he hopes to strengthen the cooperation between two nations. “Bonds of cooperation and friendship have held Poland and France close for many centuries. I am confident we will now be able to preserve these good traditions together. I look forward to meeting you soon, and commencing a dialog on the future of a common Europe, built on principles of mutual respect for equal states and free nations.”

PM Szydło also sent her congratulations, and invited Macron to visit Poland soon. “Europe is at a turning point – we have to face internal challenges related to Brexit and comprehensive reform of the EU, and external ones, dominated by security issues and the migration crisis,” Szydło said, hoping to fix the relationship strained in the last few months during the French presidential campaign. “I hope that your presidency will bring a new opening in our bilateral relations, at the political, economic and investment levels.”

Macron was criticized by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) officials after he called PiS leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, “Putin and Le Pen ally,” he also said that, if elected, he would urge the European Union to impose sanctions on Poland for violating democratic norms.

Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday.

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